Hammers pair on way to Wembley

Nigel Reo-Coker and Anton Ferdinand look set to be among the first players to appear at the new Wembley Stadium when England Under-21s take on Italy next week.

Injury permitting, the Hammers duo are likely to be named in Stuart Pearce's squad for the friendly game on the 24th of March.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA's Director of Football Development, said: "It's an exciting opportunity for everyone to get an early view of the stadium.

"Everyone who has been there so far has been impressed. It's a top class stadium and one we will all be proud of.

"For the team, though, it's much more than simply a game at Wembley, it's a huge preparation match ahead of the UEFA Under-21 Championship in Holland this summer.

"It's a great chance for them to experience the stadium and will also be a learning curve for those players who have ambitions to progress as Wembley would become their regular ground for senior internationals."

The match kicks off at 12.30pm and tickets are available from 3pm today either online by clicking here or by calling 0870 902 0005.